As with every New Year, I start to think about my life in more sweeping ways. This is the time of year when I make resolutions and evaluate what I want for myself, and my life, in the coming year; and this year the first place I'm going to start is with Brené Brown and the wisdom she so encouragingly shares about her life and work. I feel that her work is a great jumping off point at this stage in my journey toward self and the things I love, which is, as the subtext states, what this blog is all about. So my official motto for the coming year is: Authenticity is a daily practice.
I was first introduced to Brené Brown through some lovely ladies I met in an Unraveling e-course a few month back who had posted some of Brené's videos and commented on how much they love her message. You can now call me an official convert to the church of Authenticity and firm believer in the doctrine of Vulnerability.
"Heroics and bravery are important, but I think we've lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences (good and bad) is the ultimate act of courage. Heroics is often about putting your life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting your vulnerability on the line. In today's world, that's pretty extraordinary.
For me, practicing ordinary courage means telling my story with all of my heart."